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Can You Really Be Scared to Death?

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Can you literally "die of fright?" Turns out, you can! In this episode of SciShow Hank explores the mechanisms in your body that activate when you get scared, and how they can sometimes get out of hand. ---------- Like SciShow? Want to help support us, and also get things to put on your walls, cover your torso and hold your liquids? Check out our awesome products over at DFTBA Records: http://dftba.com/artist/52/SciShow Or help support us by subscribing to our page on Subbable: https://subbable.com/scishow ---------- Looking for SciShow elsewhere on the internet? Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/scishow Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/scishow Tumblr: http://scishow.tumblr.com Thanks Tank Tumblr: http://thankstank.tumblr.com Sources: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=scared-to-death-heart-attack http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/scared-to-death.htm http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052970203400604578072900187957988 http://www.bostonmagazine.com/health/blog/2013/10/24/can-really-scared-death/ http://io9.com/5919137/the-science-of-being-scared-to-death http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2010-12-06/hyderabad/28230672_1_horror-films-residential-school-student http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/asc/faqs.html
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The Friendly Atheist (3 days ago)
Was I the only one that got scared of a heart attack from this video? Downward spiral
Does that mean playing Outlast is bad? Dammit! I like being scared sometimes!
MORLIV Yo (1 month ago)
i was scared by freddy
իԿƥεƅεɑʂʈ (2 months ago)
Lol I haven't died from playing FNAF yet
Exodus fivesixfivesix (3 months ago)
Cowards and old people would be my guess.
Cobracomander diaz (3 months ago)
I'm scared of hello kitty
Ape X (3 months ago)
What do you call healthy? It seems to me like none of their minds are healthy, but after some people don't even beleive in meditation.
The following nations will be first to be affected Russia China India Israel Italy Japan Taiwan South Korea then within the hours the rest of the world
This spell will not who the you are it will grow in intensity and not weaken it will affect top to bottom even Aliens who are putting them up to it my eBay mercari Poshmark offer up let go accounts will be fully covered PayPal any one who intruded hacked into my personal stuff will be affected starting now this curse will start at 100% and increase by 100% daily this spell will also cover all persons who are being targeted financially world wide for doing good and working for the greater good
I will place the same spell of all world governments satanic societies bankers who ordered that my business be sabotaged
A will place a extremely powerful spell in Chicago and all the illegal firearms in possession of thugs killers gangsters street toughs the criminal elements scared to death will plague all firearms this spell will take full effect within 12 hours
Mr. sadlilweeb (4 months ago)
jesus that poorly drawn burglar unnerves the shite outta me
Jim Hunt (4 months ago)
Adrenaline is a catecholamine, in fact, it is the prototype catecholamine. So your statement that the adrenal glands release adrenaline and other compounds called catecholamines is just wrong. Please do your research or editing more carefully before making these videos.
Elliot122505 (5 months ago)
Can you be scared to death by being scared of death
L3nnardOXG (5 months ago)
But can it run crysis?
Awesome Nate (5 months ago)
Rabbits can
Thomas Thetankengine (6 months ago)
*Scrolls through comments to see of there are jumpscares*
Anomaly88man (6 months ago)
I had several near death experiences, I wasn't scared at all then!
Aaron Lowe (7 months ago)
Maybe I should stop pranking my wife who has a heart condition...
Sharath Kumar (7 months ago)
Who else thought there was going to be a jump Scare?
Rose (7 months ago)
My adrenaline gets high when watching sad scenes in movies, my heart pumps and feels like it’s coming out of my chest and I try to fight crying but it doesn’t always work
Mell Cáneva (7 months ago)
Am I the only one that sees a optical illution of black dots on his shirt?
Douglas wallace (7 months ago)
Why do some people get scared more than others?
pressed (7 months ago)
when I was younger it was just my mom and I at our house and I went outside to play but my mom didn’t know. She went looking around the house and backyard and was panicking and she called my dad who was at work. When my dad got home he had a heart attack and had to go to the ER because he was scared that i was lost. I was just at the neighbor’s house playing lmao but i’m so lucky that my dad is still alive
Raspberry Muffin (8 months ago)
That BOO came up so quickly that it scared me to death! I will be suing!
Jackson Chill (8 months ago)
This give me more reasons to go to amusement parks
SeraF&co. (8 months ago)
This is how I’m going to go.
Jr Cardenas (9 months ago)
What about when your heart skips a beat, or as I like to call it, the most horrifying feeling ever.
Bradley Blaylock (9 months ago)
Punch the cobra in it's fanged little face :D
Abhijith S (10 months ago)
Now I'm scared that I might die from reading a random scary comment
CookieTheKitten (10 months ago)
I’m scared of being scared
Franjo Fj (10 months ago)
Totally non fatal Car Accidents? KonoSuba!
Ed Soderlind (10 months ago)
atoms can't be trusted... just ask an electro-physicist... boom
for some reason, at random times, i feel a sudden pain in my chest around my heart, even though i am a health preteen. any ideas why or what it is
Cute (11 months ago)
Xistence Studios (11 months ago)
Now let's go watch a try not to laugh
Lily Sthapit (11 months ago)
Am I a weird guy because... Whenever I trip and fall, my body isnt like 'Holy Golly! Nervous Systems! Activate!' But its like 'Oh, We're falling... Nerves thingy activate.' If I trip and fall, my facial expression is totally cool. Last time, a whopping 8.1 scale earthquake hit my country and when the big one happened (the one where everything moves like getting punched on the face) My Heart was like '?, What's the hacks are going on? And my facial expression was like '😐😑' The second time the earthquake of 5.6 scale hit, I was more surprised and a bit scared though.
CheekyGal301 (11 months ago)
This video alone raised my blood pressure.
mangesh burange (11 months ago)
The last ending phrases,punch lines he uses,are the best
alexander williams (11 months ago)
Who else is watching this while dead?
Sierra Carstens (1 year ago)
I woke up and this was playing on my phone. I think i was watching scishow in my sleep...
genjokoan (1 year ago)
Watch the Vincent Price film, The Tingler and believe.
Some Gay Guy (1 year ago)
I would probably die of fright if someone broke in because one Time I thought someone was breaking into my house and my stomach drops and I freak out so much..and I realize it's a freaking squirrel I would probably die if I saw a real robbee
Kate Sutton (1 year ago)
Great, now I'm scared to death of being scared to death👍🏼
Zoe Wow (1 year ago)
I am never going on a rollercoaster again.....
Aaron Cates (1 year ago)
There was someone who died in a movie theatre because their blood pressure went so high. Not sure if they were scared but either way they died.
Rajan Kumar (1 year ago)
Swarnika Gangrade (1 year ago)
3:20 *puts the cocktail-poppers and horns away*
Enera Wilson (1 year ago)
they should just do what i do! instead of fight or flight, just freeze! it keeps you from hurting yourself until the scary thing goes away, and u are harder for predators to eat.
Too bad our body didn't release dopamine more often and in higher amounts, We could all enjoy a lovely euphoria.
Francisco Mariño (1 year ago)
I bet at least one poor sap died because of that goddamn maze challenge!
Musicoyal (1 year ago)
Really i was in 100km car crash and i was stoned and i was think i was going to die just before the car crashed and then before we crashed i grabed the weel and pulled the car a way from the other car to save my life so i guss i life becuase of fight in stead if flight i turned my visions in to a realty twist how funny i lifed but the driver was most likey try to kid nap me
Fac ts (1 year ago)
that indian kid was mad
Corsuwey (1 year ago)
Eulogy: Oh, Granpa... the last thing I said to him was, "Waaaarrrrrgggghhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Kay garcia (1 year ago)
What happens when you get crazy scared after the incident has already passed ?
Nazareth (1 year ago)
I'm checking the comments to see if there might be a jumpscare in the video
Tom Tomas (1 year ago)
In Syria this feeling will cover the ground and air as serve as a deportation force for foreign militaries need terrorist rebels. this energy will blanket bordering countries as well to ensure the foreing militaries and groups of people gain no access there. This very feeling will serve as a protection for me for 30 miles constant all negative threats persons against me will be scarred to death for 3 days and nights this feeling will strike at their hearts and minds clearing all againstcmecout now
Tom Tomas (1 year ago)
Over The Koreas and all the seas and skies 1500 miles land sea and air a very ominous feeling will come into the hearts of the US Russian Chinese South and North Korea. They will all be scarred to death this scarred to death feeling will remain there until every settles and war is averted shutdown. This very feeling will curse the whore that rides the beast. for 100 years all who join the who're proclaim support it and promote will be scarred to death.
One time in the Country i lived there was a huge erthquick (9,4) and i just imaged that of insteat get out of the House,i go to the Earthquake and fight it, the Image of that cracked my up XD
Rio K (1 year ago)
put it on 0.5 percent speed, youre welcome
Stephanie :0 (1 year ago)
I have had panic attacks where my heart was beating fast and the room was spinning. My heart must be made from steel 😭😐
SandyOrbVlogs (1 year ago)
doint worry i have your back jump scare 0:00
Mb M (1 year ago)
punch that cobra!
Dolores Jagodic (1 year ago)
this just may be the way i go..i'm scared of everything
Arkidie (1 year ago)
teitake (1 year ago)
Takotsubo is pronounced Tah-koh-tzu-boh.
john william (1 year ago)
Lorraine R (1 year ago)
So my panic attacks can kill me?
Frisk Mercy (1 year ago)
My sister was under my bed, for some reason, and the shoes moved. Here is what shock feels like:Your heart starts racing REALLY fast.You can't move.You blank out.You stop thinking/you overthink to much. Then I realized my sister was told to look for her shoes. Which we keep under our beds. The third time I've been in shock. Someone hug me...
Mossears133 (1 year ago)
"A history of anxiety" looks like I'm fucked
Keaton Belliston (1 year ago)
I'm paralyzed from the chest down (C8 complete Spinal Cord Injury) and when I'm startled or shocked, my entire body will flinch, particularly my legs!! It's a pretty crazy sensation when it happens! Also, you should do an episode explaining the causes and effects of "autonomic dysreflexia", a bodily function common in those with nervous system disabilities. There should be some ample sources on the websites of the Christopher Reeve Foundation and Craig Hospital.
Glascott Symes (1 year ago)
Here in Ireland last August, 2 people were sentenced to prison partially for causing the death of a man by heart attack during a robbery in his house
Jose Castaneda (1 year ago)
Is this why there is around 100 firefighters that die every year in the USA ?
Sharon Johnson (1 year ago)
What's the science behind flight, fight, or freeze?
JonatasAdoM (1 year ago)
So an adrenaline injection cam actually kill you faster?
Vitaliy2889 (1 year ago)
I play fnaf so I don't get scared easily
Dingus (1 year ago)
Vitaliy2889 Funny joke
Clayton Jang (1 year ago)
Yo, I had the fear of dying of fear as a kid. Somehow as a child, I was smart enough to piece together the fact that the human heart can give out in extreme stress and that fear is a extreme form of stress. So I did everything I could to make a situation non scary.... Now I'm a happy idiot who doesn't care....
deep hazarika (1 year ago)
Thank you! you have given the science behind the movie "The Ring". Now i am even more scared to watch it.
neonet 1™ (1 year ago)
Fight or flight? More like die, amiright?
Andre Luna (1 year ago)
Once my cousin hit me with a pillow while I was sleeping, and besides knocking the god damn wind out of me, it also stopped my heart momentarily. It was terrifying.
Taylor Perine (1 year ago)
I scare my grandma all the time. Before even watching this video after I'd scare her I'd say to myself "she could have died because I scared her " I feel bad but it's so fun !
Samuel Bunkly (1 year ago)
WHo knew freedy fazbear could be deadly :o
Dingus (1 year ago)
Sammy Bunckly Funny joke
Priest Superretards (1 year ago)
Please dont punch cobras
WypmanGames (6 months ago)
Priest Superretards i did it once
NextGen Rager (11 months ago)
Random Guy they bite. And spray. And it's just mean.
Random Guy (1 year ago)
Priest Superretards Why not?
Taxtro (1 year ago)
I died of fright from looking into the mirror. Then my smell woke me from death.
Dingus (1 year ago)
Taxtro Was it mum's cooking
Marcello Festa (1 year ago)
Nobel prize for humor
jimmy Brunt (1 year ago)
why is piccolo the thumbnail for this video?
Spotted Hyena (1 year ago)
This video is making me afraid of dying of fright.
pierrecurie (1 year ago)
That's a pretty useless fight/flight response, if you (or mouse or w/e) just die of heart failure...
JonatasAdoM (1 year ago)
Then cells are useless, because every time they devide they might start a cancer.
DancingCheese (2 years ago)
I still don't understand one thing about the famous Fight Or Flight response. Some people, when scared in a life threatening situation, freeze. They don't Fight, they don't Flight. Their muscles tighten that they literally do nothing. They usually want to run, but are said to "can't". That they physically can't move. Is this a response when they scared so hard that the Adrenaline freezes their muscles all together? Or wouldn't that also freeze your heart and they would never survive? In a book I once read, which took place in the time Europeans where still settling in America, there was a boy and an Indian boy and they got attacked by a bear when they found the baby. The European boy froze, and it said he wanted to move, but couldn't. The Indian boy ran away and then from a distance, attacked it with arrows. What does it mean when someone just freezes?
Natalie Rodriguez (2 years ago)
But can you be bored to death?
Eternal Genesis (1 year ago)
Actually, yes! Not directly tho. Could cause depression and that could result into suicide.
dude (1 year ago)
+Llozepi Z. Tissue?:D
dude (1 year ago)
+Llozepi Z. You weren't talking to me. you were talking to her. You were being a racist.
dude (1 year ago)
+Llozepi Z. I think you do! You are just in denial dear:D
Jaden Henderson (2 years ago)
Now, when I go to ceter point, I will be scared that I will get to scared and die of being scared and then get to scared of being scared and die of being of scared. :D confusion
Clare Bonner (2 years ago)
Céline LM (2 years ago)
Once my cat jumped on a bird's cage. The bird died of fear.
xGabbyyy (2 years ago)
So going on 5 rollercosters can kill you from adrenaline? Just saying because I love rollercosters.
Trevor Blake (2 years ago)
Stopped at the intro, i dont need that axiety, thank you
wakim calixte (2 years ago)
can you die from getting kicked in the balls
Max Attack (2 years ago)
You could make entire video about adrenaline!! what is chemical structure of it and how in the hell human body makes it :D thanks for the videos so far, the whole scishow channel is really awesome :)
Razor Blade (2 years ago)
This video was so shocking I died from watching it. The irony. (BTW this is a joke, just to clarify for people who cant tell and would call me a liar.)
Paul Cancescu (2 years ago)
This is such a bullshit. I was actually going to Conjuring 2 today and i stumbbled upon this video.
Gabby (2 years ago)
I read this as "Can You Really Be Scared OF Death" and I was so confused. Of course you can be scared of death. I'm scared of death. It makes me sick to my stomach just thinking about it.
CrandyFrapplesauce (2 years ago)
If my dog could google something, what would it be?

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